From the funny to the thought-provoking and everywhere in between, here are 71 memorable quotes from rock stars in 2021
”Hell no. It’s a s--- existence – selling yourself and your soul."
"Honestly, I was not a big fan of the song at first."
“He’s not a great guy. Every single thing that people have said about him is f---ing true.”
"The hairs on my arm were standing up. It was tears, you know. I wasn't crying; there was just this water coming out of my eyes. It had nothing to do with me, because I could see Malcolm and all the fun times we had all those years ago. The happy times in the early '80s and those tough times, when he got sick and back again, what we'd been through and what the band stood for."
”I look at some of these bands that sound like this or sound like that or sound like the other guy, and it’s just, like, well, they obviously listened to two albums that have been out for a minute. But the ones that really frustrate me are the ones that they take something that’s been around forever and then just basically rework it and call it new – even though it’s completely derivative. You know the band they’re ripping off – they’re not even trying to rip off a bunch of bands; they’re ripping off one band."
"The RnR Hall committee members are arrogant elitist a--holes who look down on metal & other bands that sell millions because we’re not their definition of cool. The fan vote is their 'throwing a bone' to the peasants. I want to say FU, but I want them to have to deal with us!"
"I went to the toilet, and then I was in the toilet and I was there and I’m sitting and thinking. And I’m just sitting on the throne more or less. And then I go, 'I think I’ve got it. I’ve got it. I’ve got it. I’ve got the idea in my head.'"
"I’m a girl from a cotton field that pulled myself above the destruction and the mistakes. And I’m here for you."
"I think I can pay that immediately your honor."
“Jon Bon Jovi.”
"I think this is the first piece of art I've ever made in my life that I can actually show to my kids. So, thank you, Pixar."
"Gene Simmons – I would like him to do my taxes because he’s a businessman and that’s valid, but I guarantee you right now that in London somewhere, in garages, they’re learning Aerosmith and Guns ‘N’ Roses. There’s a bunch of 18-year-kids in there with guitars and drums and they’re learning hard rock. It’s the same with the United States: there’s all these young bands that want to resurge that whole area of hard rock."
”I think that life, rock, whatever it is, is never a constant, " said Stanley. "Let's say, for example, if you take somebody's pulse and it's weak, it doesn't mean they're dead. It means that the pulse is weak. And it doesn't mean it won't come back stronger."
"The GRAMMYs asked me to play 'Eruption' for the 'In Memoriam' section and I declined. I don't think anyone could have lived up to what my father did for music but himself.”
”There’s room for so many genres of music; not necessarily blues rock, please no more of that."
”I think there was a lot of misogyny within the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for a long, long time. Just by the ratio of men to women in it, that really says it all.”
”Nothin' but W.A.P. for David Lee. He thinks it means 'Wings and Pizza.'”
"I don’t think rock is going to die. That’s been said for years. I mean, how many times I’ve heard that statement over the past 50-odd years? It’s quite a lot, really."
"You know, I guess I would ask you, because I'm addicted to truth, logic and common sense, and my common sense meter would demand the answer to, why weren't we shut down for COVID-1 through -18? There was a COVID-1, and there was a COVID-2, -3, -4, -5, -6, -7, -8, -9, -10, -11, -12, -13, -14, -15, -16, -17, -18. COVID-1 through -18 didn't shut anything down, but woah, COVID-19 [did], even though it's 99.8 percent survivable. Why didn't we shut down for the AIDS epidemic or the flu or the Spanish Flu or the bird flu or the West Nile flu or influenza every year?"
”I've got an announcement to make. Everybody told me that I should not announce this. I have had flu symptoms for the last ten days. I thought I was dying. Just a clusterf---. I was tested positive today. I got the Chinese s---. I've got a stuffed up head, body aches. My God, what a pain in the a--. I literally could hardly crawl out of bed the last few days… So I was officially tested positive for COVID-19 today."
"I ended up with a week in bed with either the flu or probably the worst cold that I’ve had in my lifetime and I put it down to the baked beans because they’d just come out of the fridge. They were freezing cold! I sat in them for twenty minutes until they had the great idea of putting electric fire round the back of the bathtub I was sitting in, which worked for a while.”
"We had everybody - Warner Brothers, our management, our lawyers - going, 'Oh, my god. David Lee Roth's gone.' They thought that that was such a strong identity. Warner Brothers wanted us to change the name of the band. I remember Eddie and Alex [Van Halen], we were at Warner Brothers, and they were yelling, 'Hey, hey, this is our last name. This is our careers, and we're Van Halen.'"
”Find one that you like. Either a commercial one that somebody makes or that you make yourself, and take a little bit. It’s called ‘titrating.’ You take just a little bit first and see how strong it is. If it’s not strong enough, you take a little more and wait. Once you establish what your dosage is, you take that dose whenever you want. You know what will happen."
”Yes. Is the keyboard an instrument, first of all? Most people would say yes. The keyboard is just a MIDI interface, series of MIDI input receptors feeding information to an internal computer."
”We were wiped out. We didn't have to go to the hospital or anything like that. But I lost 15 pounds. I couldn't sleep. I couldn't eat. Now, I'm feeling pretty good. I'm feeling like I'm at least 95%.”
"Regardless of whether it matters to them, Maiden not being in the @rockhall of Fame is INSANITY. Regardless of who is writing in or not, the Committee must induct them. They have helped spawn an entire genre of music. What else do you need to do??"
”I'm trying to become a tech-type person. I'm still really bad at it, if I'm being honest. But I've now discovered these things called 'reaction videos' online, where you can watch people videotape themselves listening to a song, or your song, for the first time. And it's not even what they say, but watching their face as they listen to it, I find very enjoyable."
"Holy s---! The guitar player from The Germs is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!!"
”I’m so happy that Randy’s genius, which we all saw from the beginning, is finally being recognized and that he is getting his due. I only wish he was here in person to get this award and that we could all celebrate together. It’s really great that Randy’s family, friends and fans get to see him honored this way.”
”Needless to say the reactions were disastrous, my hands and feet were either frozen, numb or burning, and pretty much useless for two weeks, I feared I would never play again, (I suffer with peripheral neuropathy and should never have gone near the needle.) But the propaganda said the vaccine was safe for everyone…”
”Rock ’n’ roll was never just four skinny guys with long hair and guitars. It's always been diverse...It frequently gets to the hip-hop question because some people are not fans. Well, the fact of the matter is that ship has sailed. We've inducted quite a few artists in that canon. It's a big tent and everybody fits under it. It's an attitude, it's a spirit, and that's rock ’n’ roll.”
”When I came out as gay and met [my manager] John Reid, he had so many gay friends and employees it felt natural to give each other drag names…I became ‘Sharon,’ because I was so common. Rod Stewart was always ‘Phyllis.’ Freddie Mercury became ‘Melina’ after Melina Mercouri, the Greek actress and singer. He was a real Melina, I can assure you. John Lennon became ‘Carol Dakota’ after his New York building, the Dakota."
”Hey guys. I’m sorry, you guys. It’s been a long time playin’. My f---in’ voice is gone. We love you and we uhh… hope to see you next time, man. Thank you.”
”I’ve tried to reach out to fellow musicians. I just don’t hear from them anymore. My phone doesn’t ring very often. I don’t get that many texts and emails anymore. It’s quite noticeable…I was ostracized, and I could feel that everywhere. I could feel alienation because I held a different view.”
”I listened really hard to him, and he said 'how grateful I am for my wonderful life.' ... I thought that was so beautiful, and I thought he was so brave. I don't think I could go out (on tour) without him.”
"What was it about not wanting to write a love song? That’s pretty easy. It’s a huge sign of weakness. You’re in Metallica. This is hardcore. What the f— are you doing?”
"Well, the first thing I'd say is I look at him and I think, 'Wow. He's a strange person. He's a strange character.' He's not what he's saying he is; he's pretending. He's totally bulls---. Everything he does is thought up and it's an image.”
"Most people didn’t get what 'She Bop' was about until much later, when I went on Dr. Ruth’s radio show. I was playing along with her, making believe I was in a psychiatrist’s office, but then everything I said was blown up later by the press…I was so mad, because I had made sure that I never mentioned certain things so that little kids would never know. And then I was found out because of my big mouth. Now every kid knew what it was about, and it wasn’t supposed to be that way. Oh, c’est la vie. That’s French for 'whatever.' Anyway, happy 37 to my #scandalous song!”
“I mean, look, I’m a happily married 62-year-old woman, who, by the way, married Nigel Tufnel [Christopher Guest] from Spinal Tap. I get plenty of guitar in my home, but Josh [Kiszka]’s voice absolutely slays me!"
"It’s now nice seeing a young crowd down the front who maybe don’t even know who U2 are.”
"Once a dick, always a dick.”
"As Dusty said upon his departure, 'Let the show go on!' And ... with respect, we'll do well to get beyond this and honor his wishes...Dusty emphatically grabbed my arm and said, 'Give Elwood the bottom end and take it to the Top.' He meant it, amigo. He really did."
"Be cool. Get vax'd.”
"Ladies and gentlemen, I got something to say. Because you know what? I love you! I do. The way I look at it, I love everybody. Isn't that what you’re supposed to do? Can't you just love everybody? 'Cause I think it's about love. That's what I think. I think we're all about love. And you shouldn't be hatin'! You know what y'all should be doin'? You should be dancing!”
"I love Eric Clapton, he’s my hero, but he has very different views from me in many ways. He's a person who thinks it’s OK to shoot animals for fun, so we have our disagreements, but I would never stop respecting the man. Anti-vax people, I’m sorry, I think they’re fruitcakes.”
"I’m not worried -- and it’s unkind to say this -- I’m not worried if an idiot gets COVID and dies. I’m worried he takes other people with him. Who didn’t have a choice. It doesn’t have to be death. Being in a hospital is horrific. There are so many cases of people who were deniers and who are begging in the hospital to get the vaccine. But it’s too late.”
" I’m not ever going to stop wearing a mask, COVID or not, I’ve been in this business 25 years, and people are filthy all over the world. So when I had to be in the studio and I was asked to put on a mask, it didn’t bother me, it was business as usual.”
"...it bears noting that during Dave’s heyday, nobody did what he did. He was the ultimate frontman. Not Plant, not Rod Stewart, nobody. He took being a frontman way beyond anything. And then, I don’t know what happened to him… something. And you get modern-day Dave. I prefer to remember Elvis Presley in his prime. Sneering lips, back in Memphis, you know, doing all that. I don’t want to think of bloated naked Elvis on the bathroom floor.”
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: David Lee Roth attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
"Your chance of making me sick is an invasion of my privacy, so f--- you. If you don’t like it, find your own band. Ted Nugent is out there somewhere. Kid Rock is welcoming you. … You don’t have a right to infect me."
"It’s been a while since we made music together. Almost 40 years, actually. We took a break in the spring of 1982 and now we’ve decided it’s time to end it. They say it’s foolhardy to wait more than 40 years between albums, so we’ve recorded a follow-up to 'The Visitors.' We simply call it 'Voyage' and we’re truly sailing in uncharted waters."
"There were a number of years where I wasn't over her. It is possible that she has never been completely over me either."
"Life would have turned out simpler and better had I been heard. I’m not really a fan of the idea that it all ‘could have’ been that different, but ‘In Bloom’ might have shifted things. He might have survived had somebody else [gone first]. Like Eddie Vedder, somebody who had good infrastructure.”
"Just saw my oncologist and I'm cancer free!! Thank you God and universe and friends and family and everyone who sent support and kindness and love."
"My wife had the virus; my daughter had the virus and I never got it. Being a devil worshipper does have its good points!"
"I’m not sure I should say it, but they’re a blues cover band, that’s sort of what the Stones are. I think our net was cast a bit wider than theirs.”
"To watch her play the drums and see her passion and belief in this music … if that doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know what will. So, the fact that we got to share a moment with her onstage makes all of this worthwhile. And the funniest thing is, after jamming with Nandi, 'Everlong' went back on the charts."
"Am I still friendly with Tommy Vext? Friendly? Yes... Yes. Friends? I'm not sure if we ever were anymore. Listen, I'm not going to get too far into it, but I don't understand people that believe half what they say and say half what they believe."
“It always struck me as a bit strange. ‘Here, can I write your name down on the back of this till receipt please?’ Why? We both know who I am.”
"I thought it was supposed to be by influence. I think The Go-Go’s are going in. I mean, c’mon, what’s their influence?"
“‘Beauty and the Beat’ blew the doors of my life off...It was always a party for guys for so long, but these girls were crashing it."
“Some people hate that song. It’s one of the most hated things I ever wrote! And I don’t get the hate."
"I think the biggest misconception at the end of The Beatles was that I broke The Beatles up, and I lived with that for quite a while. Once a headline’s out there, it sticks. That was a big one – and I’ve only finally just gotten over it."
"Both Amy [Lee] and I have been absolutely ecstatic over the past couple of years to really see this genre that we love so much be represented by so many women. I remember just a few short years ago, I was usually the only girl on tour."
"You’ve got to take your hat off to [Mick Jagger.] He’s the number one rock ‘n’ roll performer. But as a band, if you were outside a pub and you heard that music coming out of a pub some night, you’d think, ‘Well, that’s a mediocre pub band!'"
"That was part of my deal, to shut the f--- up. If I had a coffee place, the sign would say, 'Have a hot steaming cup of shut the f--- up.' That would be my coffee place. And you know what? Guess what? I did it. And it worked out because that's what [Jon Bon Jovi] needed for whatever reason. And I was working with him and he needed that kind of thing."
"I still feel married. Someone a few years ago referred to David as my late husband and I said 'No, he's not my late husband. He's my husband.'"
"Watching even the slightest bit of the American Music Awards makes one consider that there is likely very little hope for either America, or music."
"No. Listen, when you win things, it's really fun. But the point is, does this validate, not validate what we've done? No. It would be nice to have it for our children, for the fans, everything else. Do I need someone to acknowledge? No.”
"Over 1.5 million people have been killed by guns in the U.S.A. since John Lennon was shot and killed on December 8, 1980."